One of the most-wanted skills in a CrossFit gym is the muscle-up. In the realm of CrossFit a muscle-up is where you hang off of a bar or a pair of rings with completely extended arms before pulling yourself up and over to a support position with arms fully locked out.

On paper it’s simple: pullup + dip = muscle-up. For anyone who’s attempted the skill knows there’s a lot more to it. The body control required and the positions you need to be in take tons of practice. The timing of when to transition between positions also needs to be respected, otherwise you get “close” (but “close” is still a no-rep!)

In classes we do our best with the time allotted to gloss over the positions and the skills. If you are paying attention and varying your practice (strength vs skill vs timing) in classes you should be increasingly closer to the end goal. The last variable is desire: how bad do you want it? This dictates your practice and hopefully the quality of that practice.

It takes tremendous strength and power to accomplish this and we love celebrating the first rep.

Robyn has been working hard on developing a solid foundation of strict pullups and strict dips, both with their fullest range of motion. She’s also been working on being more powerful with her kip (for torso elevation) and her timing of shooting the knuckles, elbows, and chest over the bar.

Congrats Robyn!

CrossFit WOD for Wednesday 10/16

5 rounds for time:
200m kb/db farmer’s carry, 2×24/16/8kg or 2×50/35/20lbs
10m kb/db lunge, 2×24/16/8kg or 2×50/35/20lbs
10 kb/db burpees

Post time to whiteboard!

READ: Howard Cohen American Masters Weightlifting Championship 2019 – Hosted by Fortis Sports USA
REGISTER: Carl Paoli’s Last-Ever Muscle-Up Master Class presented by Foundation CrossFit – Freestyle Connection
WATCH: Travis Mayer does 20.1 for the 3.5th time! – Training Think Tank